WARREN, Mich., July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Art Van Furniture, the Midwest's number one furniture and mattress retailer, celebrated its distribution center opening in Bolingbrook with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, July 8. Art Van Furniture Vice President and General Manager Barry Davidson, Vice President of Distribution Steve Caprario, Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar and several other local dignitaries cut the ceremonial red ribbon at 4 p.m. today in honor of this milestone on the path to Art Van Furniture's Chicagoland expansion. The distribution center, located at 1150 115th Street in Bolingbrook, Ill., is 183,000 square feet and will employ 48 workers.
"Opening our distribution center in the Chicago market brings us one step closer to inviting customers into our retail stores in and around the Windy City," said Steve Caprario, vice president of distribution, Art Van Furniture. "This is our first official footprint within Chicagoland and we are grateful for the warm welcome of the Bolingbrook community."
The distribution center will service all furniture deliveries in the Chicagoland area. Art Van will use five local trucks to start and anticipates increasing this number to 25 crews by the end of next year. The first home delivery will be made on Monday, July 15. Deliveries will continue six days a week from Monday to Saturday.
In addition to the distribution center in Bolingbrook, Art Van Furniture will open six retail stores in Orland Park, Ill; Ford City-Chicago, Ill; Batavia, Ill; Bolingbrook, Ill; Elston Avenue-Chicago, Ill and Merrillville-Hobart, Ind within the next several months. As a result of the expansion, Art Van will bring approximately 600 new jobs to Illinois over the course of 2013.
About Art Van
Art Van Furniture is the Midwest's largest furniture retailer. The company operates 35 stores throughout Michigan, a full service e-commerce website, plus nine freestanding Art Van PureSleep bedding stores in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Canton, Kalamazoo, New Hudson, Rochester Hills, Sterling Heights and Troy, Michigan, and Toledo, Ohio. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan. Visit www.artvanepk.com for more information.
SOURCE Art Van Furniture